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Oct. 5th, 2010

08:38 am - In case you were wondering

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This Kiwi is quietly thinking that Paul Henry is a cock.

For those going "Who the fuck is Paul Henry?" You folks have it right - I wish we could all be thinking this. He's a morning TV shock jock presenter who yesterday decided to have a go at our Governor-General (Queen's representative in New Zealand), who is a NZ-born kiwi of Fijian-Indian descent, by asking the Prime Minister if he was going to make the next appointed GG "someone who looks like a New Zealander."

The broadcasting organisation he works for then defended him, saying that he says what New Zealanders are quietly thinking but too afraid to say.

I repeat, this New Zealander quietly thinks, and is not afraid to say, Paul Henry is a cock. And TVNZ is a bigger one for defending him. I don't care if he's apologised, I also don't care if it's about the ratings. Some things are just wrong no matter which way you look at them. And if any Kiwis actually have been quietly wondering about our Governor-General (which I doubt), the information is easy to find (first hit on google for 'governor general sir anand'). No excuses, people. You do not need some wanker to ask questions like that for you.


It demonstrated very publicly just how spineless our Prime Minister really is. Instead of calling Henry out on such a blatantly racist statement, the not-so-honourable Mr Key instead looked uncomfortable, laughed and changed the subject. Yeah, the question probably came out of leftfield for him and I doubt his PR people had a reply to that one prepared for him, but the fact that his response wasn't "It is not ok to say that on national television, or ever, you are a bigoted creep and I'm out of here" as an instant automatic response, says quite a bit about Mr Key. He's supposed to be able to speak under pressure, and to represent New Zealand's stance on issues. Based on his response to this, our stance on blatant racism is to giggle, feel a bit uncomfortable and then pretend it didn't happen.

Really?

Anyway, I'm disappointed that Key isn't copping more of the flak from this. Henry is a paid monkey that dances for ratings. Key is running the country, and thus should be held to account for his lack of leadership. Why, John? Is it because you're aware that the audience for that particular TV show is made up of people who like Henry, and you're going for the redneck vote? Enquiring minds want to know.

Speaking of which, does anyone on here watch morning TV? I've only seen it once or twice - it's where I first heard about Zumba, as I was waiting with Mum for the ambulance when she moved out of her house. But it was a different sort of Zumba, one aimed at people in the retired age bracket (at least, based on the people doing the demo exercises it was). The whole thing seemed to be a magazine-style affair designed to provide segments of entertainment in about 10 minute blocks. Some of it looked interesting (the gadget bit for example), but mostly it.. didn't. So I'm wondering what the appeal is.

Anyway..


I finished the knitting part of the blanket! No photos yet because the finishing-finishing isn't done. Yes, I had to use the internet to learn how to cast off. Which is lucky, as I don't have a convenient granny about for learning such things.

Finally, PLEASE VOTE. Apparently less than 20% of Wellingtonians have voted so far, and the election closes at lunchtime this Saturday. If you haven't, please do it today. Why do I care so much? Because Wellington's awesome, and it won't be kept that way by apathy.

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From:pombagira
Date:October 4th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
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yay for the interwebs.. i could of showen you how to cast off.. my granny taught me.. but i suspect i was sleeping.

do be do

*smiles*
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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
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I envy people who had/have grannies.
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From:chickenfeet2003
Date:October 4th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
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What a cock. Our previous two GGs were a woman who was ethnically Chinese and born in HK and a Haitian woman. I never heard once that anybody thought this was wrong, strange or anything. What criticism there was was that they were a bit lightweight (both were TV presenters/personalities).
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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
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I get that TV presenters of his ilk are supposed to say controversial things, but there's a line, right?
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 5th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
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The first female Governer-General was an ancestor of mine. COO STORY BRAH.
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From:pombagira
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
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actually is there a page where can tell the PM off for not calling Paul on his shit? cause really the PM is meant to be for the people and one would think have the balls to speak up when needed, and speaking up was completely needed then..

??

*contemplates writing written warnings once again for the currently government*

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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
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I did. Their reply:

"We were very interested to read your comments about this. Thanks for
giving us this feedback. I have passed on your comments to the team
Kind regards"

And then he got suspended for two weeks. I like to think it was my email that did it.
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From:richdrich
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
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I've had a leaflet from one mayoral candidate (Celia). Nobody has knocked on my door. I've seen one would-be councillor out and about, and that was buying coffee outside their ward.

I think they should maybe get off their butts if they want to get elected.
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From:opheliastorn
Date:October 4th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Fuck Paul Henry.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
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The most "New Zealandy" (grew up on a farm, got up early every morning for milking, knew how to squash wool, could hammer a fencepost and fire a shotgun) person I knew growing up was of Fijian Indian descent.

Paul Henry is an utter tool but I'm just as angry at tvnz because we're not all thinking that and I despise the fact that they've said we are.
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From:thatgirljj
Date:October 4th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Changed the subject? WTF? How hard is it to simply look straight at the asshole, and say "Excuse me? The Governor-General does look like any other New Zealander."

(This is coming from an American here, so I could be way off base. But this doesn't sound like anything that requires a degree in debate or careful political correctness.)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
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Yep, you are right on the mark.

The whole idea of "what looks like a New Zealander" is just WTF.

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From:pleiadeslion
Date:October 4th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
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That comment just made me seethe with anger.

Also, met Anand Satyanand a few times when I was working for the Parole Board. Nice bloke.
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 4th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
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On the voting turnout...

I'd like to know why voting isn't compulsory in this neck of the woods.

It's compulsory at a State and National level in Australia, and the powers that be have gone to some lengths to ensure that it is quick and relatively straightforward to vote, even though it ALL STV.

At the time I left Aussie (1974) local body elections hadn't impinged on my consciousness sufficiently for me to recall now, so I can't comment on that level.

The provision of postal voting here gives no-one any excuse not to vote IMHO.
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From:richdrich
Date:October 5th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
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Because the state doesn't own its citizens? People can vote or not. If they don't, then they basically have said "whatever the others want" and can't compliance.

One good way to address council election turnouts (not to mention the intrinsic fraud potential of a postal vote) would be to align council and general elections.
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 5th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)

And in breaking news...

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Stuff is reporting that Paul Henry has been stood down on no pay for two weeks over the remarks, despite his "unreserved apology" on air this morning...

The poll being conducted reported as of a few minutes ago, 23.54% thinks the punishment is correct, 6.5% think he should be stood down for longer, 32.5% think he should be sacked, and 37.5% think he's done nothing wrong (out of about 4,900 respondents). I voted for the sacking option.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)

Re: And in breaking news...

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His 'apology' is bullshit too. Sure, he owes the GG an apology, but the apology he owes the whole country and the admission of what he actually did is completely lacking.

I voted 'sacked' too.
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 5th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
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For better or worse I dun posted. http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_feminism/387917.html?thread=28697421#t28697421
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
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Access denied (i'm not a member any more).
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From:laoke
Date:October 5th, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
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Oddly enough, I just realised today that one of the candidates, Jack Yan, is an old school friend of mine. Was always a frighteningly intelligent, amazingly polite guy who's been amazingly successful in life - and he has policies that pretty much line up against my expectations.

All of a sudden, the choice of who to vote for got incredibly easy : )
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I voted for Jack based on him turning up at Fidels and answering questions in a way that made me think he'd be a good choice. ;-)
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From:opheliastorn
Date:October 5th, 2010 08:04 am (UTC)
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Ooh, link?
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